Students will wear face masks in school hallways as third confirmed British omicron case – .

Students will wear face masks in school hallways as third confirmed British omicron case – .

Passengers from South Africa have not been tested and “returned home in a normal way”, admits Sajid Javid

High school students across England have been told they must wear face coverings in common areas again as the government tries to contain the spread of the new omicron variant of Covid.

Under the new directive – which comes into effect on Monday – it’s “strongly advised” to wear blanket for all staff, visitors and students in grade 7 or above, unless they are exempt. The rule covers all educational institutions, including universities, as well as childcare facilities such as day care centers.

In a statement, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “We are working with education and childcare institutions to strengthen security measures where necessary, including introducing 10-day isolation for children. close contacts of suspected omicron cases. “

Meanwhile, there has been a third confirmed case of omicron in Britain. Officials said the case was detected in a person who visited Westminster in London but has since left the country.

This came after Sajid Javid admitted on Sunday that air passengers from South Africa had not been tested upon arriving in the UK on Friday – despite fears they could carry the new variant.

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Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 10:50 PM

Face masks must be worn in high schools again – ministers

Following my previous post (6:21 p.m.), here is Tom Batchelor with more information on the new Covid rules for secondary schools in England.
Face masks are to be worn in common areas of schools and colleges across England, as part of efforts to slow the spread of the omicron Covid variant, the government has said.
Pupils in grades 7 and up, as well as staff and visitors, are “strongly advised” to wear a face covering as part of the “temporary and precautionary” measure, which will take effect from Monday.
Masks will not be mandatory in classrooms and waivers will remain in place for those who have a medical reason not to wear them.
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 10:30 PM

Switzerland approves Covid restrictions as cases rise

A vote in Switzerland on Sunday gave the green light to new legislation, which prohibits unvaccinated people from attending public events and gatherings. People who have recovered from Covid or who test negative will be able to attend such events, alongside those who are vaccinated.
The final tally showed that 62% of voters supported the measure, which is already in force. The vote on the country’s “Covid-19 law”, which also released billions of Swiss francs in aid to workers and businesses affected by the pandemic, came as Switzerland – like many other countries in Europe – faces a sharp increase in Covid cases.
The Swiss government, unlike others, has not reacted with further restrictions. Analysts said he did not want to generate more opposition to his anti-Covid-19 policies until he faced Sunday’s test at the polls.
Swiss Minister of Health Alain Berset

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The Minister of Health Alain Berset declared, with the result now, the authorities “still have the necessary instruments to manage the crisis, and we can, if necessary, adjust the instruments to the evolutions”.
“A decision has been made and we need to come together now to get through this winter as well as possible,” Berset said. “It is a call for unity but also for respect for the decisions that have been taken. “
Swiss health officials on Tuesday warned of a growing “fifth wave” of infections in the wealthy Alpine country, where vaccination rates are roughly in line with those in harsh neighbors Austria and Germany. affected, which represent about two-thirds of the population.
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 10:17 PM

Fauci says ‘fifth wave’ of Covid is possible if Americans avoid vaccines

The United States could experience a new wave of Covid-19 infections unless Americans continue to receive vaccines and boosters, White House chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fauci said.
Speaking to CBS News’ Confront the nation On Sunday, Dr Fauci warned that the next few weeks will be crucial in determining whether the United States can stem the tide of new cases and deaths that could result from a fifth wave.
“We definitely have the potential to enter a fifth wave,” he said amid the new omicron variant. “And the fifth wave, or the magnitude of any increase, if you want to call it it turns into a wave, will really depend on what we do over the next few weeks to a few months. “
Andrew Feinberg Washington, DC reports:
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 9:45 PM

NI activates a plan to determine if omicron in the country

Now on to Northern Ireland, where plans are underway to identify any spread of the omicron variant in the country.
Robin Swann, NI Health Minister, also urged the public to take basic steps to help prevent the spread of all variants of Covid-19, and stressed the continued importance of vaccination.
He will inform the Assembly on Monday of the measures deployed in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant.
The variant has been identified in England and many other countries in Europe, but no cases have yet been reported in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland.
Mr Swann said measures against omicron included adding a number of countries to Northern Ireland’s Red List for international travel.
“If the new variant is confirmed here, all appropriate health protection actions will be taken and the public will be notified where appropriate,” he told media on Sunday.
IN Health Minister Robin Swann


Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 9:25 PM

Watch: Untested SA passengers, admits Javid

Passengers from South Africa have not been tested and “returned home in a normal way”, admits Sajid Javid
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 9:00 PM

The new measures of the Covid school are “useful”, according to the union

No more reaction now to the announcement that high school students will have to wear face masks in common areas from Monday.
Dr Patrick Roach, the general secretary of the teachers’ union NASUWT said the reintroduction of the requirement to wear a face covering … is helpful, but he urged the government to “go further”.
“If schools are to maintain safety for the remainder of this term, the government will have to accept that its messages need to be stronger and that the rules governing the isolation of close contacts in particular need to be clear and strong.
“In the case of students suspected of showing symptoms of Covid-19, the government should seriously consider stepping up its advice to require close contact to self-isolate… It is right that the government focus on ensure that students are tested regularly. However, given that a significant number of students do not take the recommended twice-weekly LFD tests, the government must identify a more effective strategy for Covid testing to ensure that all schools can continue to remain open safely. security.
“In addition to issuing new guidance, the government must also ensure that schools and colleges have the additional resources they need to implement essential Covid safety measures both as the holidays approach. Christmas and on their return the New Year. ”
Meanwhile, the Assistant Secretary General of Unison Jon Richards said “swift action” is needed to help contain the spread in schools and “avoid further disrupting learning.”
“Face coverings should not be limited to common areas,” he said. “For them to have the right effect, they need to be present in all areas of secondary schools, including classrooms, as is the case in Scotland.
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 8:35 PM

Omicron: How the return of PCR testing and self-isolation will work

PCR testing and self-isolation are back for travelers arriving in the UK. Weeks after international travel rules were relaxed to allow cheaper and faster lateral flow (antigen) testing, the government is again tightening restrictions in response to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
At the same time, the previously dormant red list has been extended and now applies to arrivals from 10 southern African countries.
So what does all of this mean? And how will it all work? Our travel correspondent Simon Calder has all the answers.
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 8:09 PM

Watch: England ‘not close’ to introducing tougher restrictions, says Javid

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Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 7:44 PM

Fox hosts suggest new variant of Covid ‘made up by Democrats’

US President Joe Biden has apparently been blamed by Fox and his friends hosts for the discovery of a new variant of Covid after the United States introduced travel bans in several southern African countries.
As hosts of Fox and his friends stressed on Saturday that the lockdown measures – although they were not introduced by the federal government – were behind the current supply chain crisis and the rising cost of living that was beginning to be felt by American consumers.
Pete Buttigieg, the United States Secretary of Transportation, has also said in recent days that the United States “cannot solve the supply chain problem until the pandemic is over, until Covid is finished, ”as Rachel Campos-Duffy said. Fox and his friends viewers and his co-presenters Pete Hegseth and Will Cain.
“And now we’re seeing these new variations,” she added. “So that’s the answer: no more blockages, more blockages, more fear and so he doesn’t have to do his supply chain repair job because we’re going to continue all of this.”
The host appeared to suggest that Mr Biden created a new variant of Covid to prolong the supply chain crisis and to introduce ‘more lockdowns, [and] no more fear ”which allowed the Democrat not to do his job. This is wrong, report Gino Spocchia.
Sam HancockNovember 28, 2021 7:28 PM


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